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Frank Ocean pens open letter to Prince

Photo Credit: Frank Ocean's Tumblr (frankocean.tumblr.com/)

Photo credit: Frank Ocean’s Tumblr (frankocean.tumblr.com)

The unexpected death of Prince yesterday sent shockwaves throughout the music industry and left fans and fellow celebs alike mourning the loss of a music icon who changed the landscape of music for Black artists for decades to come. And of the many celebs who mourned the loss of Prince, few were more unexpected and talked about than Frank Ocean, who recently penned an open letter to Prince for his contribution to music.

Tragically, Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park Studio in Minnesota yesterday morning. There are no details yet on the cause of his death, but it was reported last week that the famous singer-songwriter’s private plane had to make an emergency landing in Illinois so that the singer could be rushed to a hospital in Moline. Sources said at the time that the singer had been battling the flu for weeks, but he was released from the hospital just hours after his arrival.

Photo Credit: Prince's Instagram (@prince)

Photo Credit: Prince’s Instagram (@prince)

While fans mourn the star’s death, Ocean went on his personal website last night and posted a lengthy open letter to Prince. In it, he explained how Prince’s unabashed style, gender expression and timeless music not only changed the world, but also personally inspired him to come out of the closet and to be a better, more daring artist.

“I’M NOT EVEN GONNA SAY REST IN PEACE BECAUSE IT’S BIGGER THAN DEATH. I NEVER MET THE MAN (I WAS TOO NERVOUS THE ONE TIME I SAW HIM) AND I NEVER SAW HIM PLAY LIVE, REGRETTABLY. I ONLY KNOW THE LEGENDS I’VE HEARD FROM FOLKS AND WHAT I’VE HEARD AND SEEN FROM HIS DEEP CATALOG OF PROPELLANT, FEARLESS, VIRTUOSIC WORK. MY ASSESSMENT IS THAT HE LEARNED EARLY ON HOW LITTLE VALUE TO ASSIGN TO SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINION OF YOU.. AN INFECTIOUS SENTIMENT THAT SEEMED SOAKED INTO HIS CLOTHES, HIS HAIR, HIS WALK, HIS GUITAR AND HIS PRIMAL SCREAM. HE WROTE MY FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME, ‘WHEN YOU WERE MINE’. IT’S A SIMPLE SONG WITH A SIMPLE MELODY THAT MAKES YOU WISH YOU THOUGHT OF IT FIRST, EVEN THOUGH YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE – A FLIRTATIOUS BRAND OF GENIUS THAT FEELS APPROACHABLE. HE WAS A STRAIGHT BLACK MAN WHO PLAYED HIS FIRST TELEVISED SET IN BIKINI BOTTOMS AND KNEE HIGH HEELED BOOTS, EPIC. HE MADE ME FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH HOW I IDENTIFY SEXUALLY SIMPLY BY HIS DISPLAY OF FREEDOM FROM AND IRREVERENCE FOR OBVIOUSLY ARCHAIC IDEAS LIKE GENDER CONFORMITY ETC. HE MOVED ME TO BE MORE DARING AND INTUITIVE WITH MY OWN WORK BY HIS DEMONSTRATION – HIS DENIAL OF THE PREVAILING MODEL…HIS FIGHT FOR HIS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – ‘SLAVE’ WRITTEN ACROSS THE FOREHEAD, NAME CHANGED TO A SYMBOL… AN ALL OUT REBELLION AGAINST EXPLOITATION. A VANGUARD AND GENIUS BY EVERY METRIC I KNOW OF WHO AFFECTED MANY IN A WAY THAT WILL OUTRUN OBLIVION FOR A LONG WHILE. I’M PROUD TO BE A PRINCE FAN(STAN) FOR LIFE.”

Well, there’s no way to follow that kind of statement so we’ll just leave it at rest in peace, Prince.




2 Comments

  1. cupcake333 on April 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    GOD WHY PRINCE ? rest in peace is a understatement i agree, when i was a child ,i saw prince on tv he didnt do shows like american bandstand, he knew he had what it took he rarely gave interview because an icon donesnt have too . he was SOMETHING elvis didnt master a world wide appeal, everyone loved prince his femine dresssing didnt bother no one .. i never believed he was gay , but his spirit was , even if he was he would have been accepted due to the human being he has become….he cared what no one said about him or too him, rarely would anyone challenge his choices thats how we respected him, , his flamboyant personality and his hugh ability to fight for others rights made him iconic , he was the martin luther king of music …. he fought for musicaians to have freedom to express their art and be properly paid and taken serious, a pint size little genious .who revolutionized music even more than micheal jackson, he didnt have to do biograhphical videos his videos were the least of his style and talent, but we enjoyed them ., sometimes i wonder do god just take these wonderful soul because he see how we dont even appreciate them,? why couldnt we tell and show prince how important he was to us .rarely did any of these AWARD shows give honor awards to him, knowing his age and that we may not have him always , this comes to show how self serving these so called hollywood producers are. prince look like the picture of health and we always question gods abilities we know well is not in our hands ., children die suddenly, were all prompt to be gone tommorow ., so hug people and say your sorry at best. i know micheal jackson ruined his fame and iconic status due to the molestation charges WE LOVE MICHEAL TOO .. prince never had no drama he did get the rock n roll hall of fame though … i wonder why god took him now? , a timeless beautiful soul, he was alway looking viberant happy and i could never imagine him being old or sick even .. he was secluded but never old and played out .. when he step out of his shadow he was remarkable incredable amazing,, i hope they celebrate him like we did micheal but even bigger , i hope his memorial show just how much he was loved it should be televised like princess diannia! if i die tommorow he will be one among many including family that i really love and will miss… loosing prince is like loosing a member of your family that you looked up to laughted with admired … even being just a fan , i felt a tremendize pain in my body.. that hurts deep REST BEYOND PRINCE
    YOUR DEAREST FAN AND NUMBER 1 ADMIROR BOY WERE GONNA MISS PRINCE …… if im her 30 more years i will be saying the same dam thing we miss you prince

  2. cupcake333 on April 22, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    every time i see a dove i will think of prince hope we all do that in his memorie